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Ruth from Tanzania raised $500 to get healthy.

Ruth
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  • $500 raised, $0 to go
$500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ruth's treatment was fully funded on April 5, 2013.

Photo of Ruth post-operation

Ruth received surgery to enable her to walk without pain.

Ruth’s doctors say she “looks forward to being able to walk properly without feeling pain and eventually start going to school.”

Ruth's doctors say she "looks forward to being able to walk properly without feeling pain and eventually start going to school."...

Ruth is a bright girl who has to painfully walk on the outer parts of her feet because she was born with severe bilateral clubfoot, a condition that causes the feet to grow inward and downward, rather than straight and flat.

Clubfoot is completely treatable with surgery. With treatment, Ruth will have a good chance at walking normally. However, AMHF writes, “Ruth’s parents cannot afford the cost of medical care for their child. Ruth’s father is the only one who has an income and can barely afford the day to day cost of living for the entire family.”

Ruth is the youngest of five children. She doesn’t know how to read yet, but she loves holding books and pretending she does. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up, and this surgery will help ensure that a physical deformity doesn’t prevent her from living a full life.

Ruth is a bright girl who has to painfully walk on the outer parts of her feet because she was born with severe bilateral clubfoot, a condit...

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Ruth's Timeline

  • April 04, 2013
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ruth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 05, 2013
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ruth's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Ruth. Read the update.

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Irshad

Irshad was diagnosed with an anorectal malformation a day or two after birth. This followed frequent vomiting, poor feeding and distention of his abdomen. A colostomy (a perforation on his abdomen to aid in passing stool) was put in place at day three and after six weeks a pull-through procedure was done. This was to create an anal opening. In order to keep the newly created anus from closing, Irshad’s parents were advised to do dilation which according to them, they faithfully did. Upon review, the doctor noted that the anal opening was not well dilated and would need a revision. The doctor then referred them to Watsi Medical Partner care center BethanyKids Hospital where surgery has been recommended. If not treated, Irshad will not be able to pass stool normally. The cost of buying colostomy bags has proven to be quite expensive for his parents and thus, they have resulted to using old clothes. This puts little Irshad at risk of infection and scarring at the colostomy site due to occasional leakages. Irshad’s parents hoped that the national health insurance fund would help fund the treatment, but since it is a repeat surgery, their request was turned down. Irshad’s father is employed casually as an office messenger while his mother is a full-time mom. Irshad is the second born of two children. He lives with his parents and elder brother in a two-room rental house in the coastal region of Kenya. His father assures that he can raise Kes15,000, but that is not enough to support the surgery needed and thus appeals for help.

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$246raised
$462to go

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